Exercise, not weight loss, may be the key

There’s no denying the benefits of weight loss for preventing and managing diabetes, but given the (pardon the pun) slim chances of long-term success for so many patients, shouldn’t we be broadening our focus? 

Dr Nathan Johnson, a researcher and chief investigator at the University of Sydney, studies the benefits of dietary supplementation and exercise therapy in obese and overweight adults with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 

He has recently been awarded a Diabetes Australia Research Trust grant to study the relationship between exercise and liver fat reduction in prediabetes.

Dr Johnson’s special interest includes understanding the impact of exercise on patients where weight loss is not achieved. 

Considering how many patients struggle to lose weight (and keep it off), Dr Johnson believes it’s time to look for alternative strategies. 

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